A company that says it has the technology to turn plastics into oil wants to open a plant in the UK. It has said it has the ability to turn plastic waste into alternative fuels which can then be used to make new food-sage plastics.
What happens in your business when you get a new computer or scanner? Estimates say around 50million tonnes of e-waste will be produced in 2018 alone, with the 2 biggest culprits being China and the USA.
Recycling your old toothbrush is not usually high on anyones agenda but Colgate and TerraCycle have launching a joint recycling programme which is a free nationwide recycling scheme for orcal care and products.
Aluminium can recycling in Ireland has skyrocketed to 73%, up from 54% in 2016, Repak have reported that 7 out of every 10 cans in Ireland are now recycled. A big contributer to this was the launch of 'Every Can Counts' programme.
Plastic packaging from British recycling bins has been found dumped at illegal rubbish sites in Malaysia, the charity Unearthed revealed that UK branded packaging has been discarded on a pile of waste near Kuala Lumpur, the packaging included Fairy dishwasher tablets, Yeo Valley yoghurt and Tesco Finest Crisps.
Amazon have announced plans that they are planning to introduce 2 new initiaves to reduce its carbon footprint, the corporate giant is planning to invest $10 million in the 'Closed Loop' fund and to install solar panels to help reduce their footprint by 6000 metric tonnes of co2 each year.
There have been calls for firms who use plastic and other hard to recycle materials in their products to be taxed to help reduce the amount that goes to landfill. Taxing firms would force companies to pass on costs to consumers which could discourage people from buying their products, which may in turn make them look at more environmentally friendly packaging.
If you run out of change to pay for car parking at the CitiPark in Leeds, you can now pay in plastic bottles, for each bottle they recycle, they can claim 20p off of parking. If you collect 95 bottles you can park for 24 hours for free, and 30 bottles will entitle you to park for 1 hour.
According to Suez, a simpler labelling system on packaging could be the key to get more people to recycle, after holding a workshop they found that consumers said this was the main reason they did not recycle more. One of the ideas that they come up with was a traffic light system.
Nestle has joined forces with the charity group Recoup and Wastebuster to help deliver a new recycling programme in schools. This new programme will help teach pupils on the importance of protecting the environment especially from the ever rising programme of plastic waste.